Upon This Rock: The Life of St. Peter

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The acclaimed novel of the early years after the Resurrection, and the power of a Gospel, a Church, and a new World, is available again as a new paperback. Walter F. Murphy, author of the bestselling THE VICAR OF CHRIST, engages the epic grandeur of the Resurrection and the heroic struggle of Simon Peter to spread the good word that the kingdom of God is at hand. His journey is harrowing: he flees from Jerusalem to Galilee and, after further fascinating travels, finally arrives in Nero's Rome. The story unfolds ...
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Overview

The acclaimed novel of the early years after the Resurrection, and the power of a Gospel, a Church, and a new World, is available again as a new paperback. Walter F. Murphy, author of the bestselling THE VICAR OF CHRIST, engages the epic grandeur of the Resurrection and the heroic struggle of Simon Peter to spread the good word that the kingdom of God is at hand. His journey is harrowing: he flees from Jerusalem to Galilee and, after further fascinating travels, finally arrives in Nero's Rome. The story unfolds in epic scope filtered through the skeptical but insightful Greek scholar Quintus, who follows Simon Peter in his journeys.

In UPON THIS ROCK, Murphy humanizes the disciples as never before: they are filled with love for the Master, but like every man they are at times petty, selfish, vain. Simon Peter himself is a man of spacious moods, resenting Jesus' love for John and envying the spiritual power Mary of Magdala's vision of the risen Master brings. And Peter can be crude, angry, and self-pitying, for he is an uneducated man with a tragic past that fuels his nagging spiritual doubt. His faith wavers, even fails, but ultimately triumphs - conquering even the brutal torture of the disciples by Nero's Romans. Upon this rock a Church was built. Just as the Master envisioned.

A novel previously published by Macmillan and Ballantine, this work is now available from Quid Pro Books in this authorized paperback, with the original maps retained from the hardcover edition.

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Publishers Weekly
The difficult task of reconstructing the ambiance of the early Christian era is accomplished in a colorful and credible novel by the author of the acclaimed Vicar of Christ. ... Although some of the author's invention may be controversial, in this robust novel he captures the sweep of events that led to the martyrdom of the first Pope.
School Library Journal - Mary Williams
YA The pomp and grandeur of the Christian religion has served to obscure the fact that it was begun by fishermen and laborers led by a carpenter and that the first Christians came from the humble classes. Upon This Rock corrects that misconception while imbuing the story of the life and martyrdom of St. Peter with a stature all the more magnificent for his very human nature.... Young people interested in fiction that is at once exciting and uplifting will welcome this biblical tale.
Library Journal - C. Robert Nixon
Murphy, author of the bestselling The Vicar of Christ, here tells the story of St. Peter and the first-century church. The story is told by Quintus, a fictional Gentile follower of Jesus. Peter, Mary Magdalene, Paul, John, and numerous other biblical figures, including Christ himself, are brought vividly to life. The author invents private lives for these people and meshes them so well with what is known from the Bible that the reader truly seems to be privy to inside information....
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780025882706
  • Publisher: Macmillan Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/1987
  • Pages: 520

Meet the Author

WALTER F. MURPHY taught constitutional law to generations of students at Princeton, where he held the chair of McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence first occupied by Woodrow Wilson. Born in Charleston, S.C., Murphy served as a Marine in Korea and won a Distinguished Service Cross and a Purple Heart. He graduated from Notre Dame and George Washington University and earned a PhD in political science from the University of Chicago. His novels include the New York Times bestseller 'The Vicar of Christ,' which won the Chicago Foundation for Literature Award, and 'The Roman Enigma.'
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